||06-27-2012 10:24 AM
Oil Furnace Emergency shut off switch location?
Hi, I am redoing a stair to come up to code at my Gal's house. We are switching the stair direction, and there is a Furnace switch that I am questioning the location of.
History of the house: This house used to have a full basement with stairs down to the basement where the Furnace Emergency Shut off switch was located at the top. The house was moved to it's current location for road widening. The basement was replaced by a crawl space. The stairs to the basement became a closet (where the emergency switch still resides) and access to the crawl space is from a bulkhead outside the house.
So, the current situation is that the Emergency Furnace shut off switch is in a closet in the first floor. There is no switch in the crawlspace.
I have not found real good information on where the Furnace Emergency shut off switch should be located. The best I can guestimate from what I read so far is that a better location would be inside the entrance of the crawl space in sight of the furnace.
Additionally, access to the fuse box is near the first floor entrance, where a clearly marked furnace breaker is located.
The reason for this would be:
1) It can be used by service personal to shut off power when servicing.
2) The furnace could be shut off easily from the circuit panel from the first floor.
3) The current location (within 10 feet of the circuit panel) will be out of the closet due to the remodel(first thought was that I put it in a recessed box to prevent accidental switching on/off)
So.... The question is, where should a Oil Furnace emergency shut off switch be located for a furnace located in a crawl space with access to the space from outside? Does anyone know the code (or at least common sense?)